The Power Of Istighfaar.
This story about “Istighfaar” is from the life of Imam Ahmed Bin Hambal (RA), who is considered as a renowned scholar of Islam and a famous theologian. Imam Ahmed is also considered to be the founder of the Hambali school of fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence) and is one of the most accepted theologians, often referred to as the “Sheikh ul-Islam” or the “Imam of Ahl al-Sunnah”.
During his old age, Imam Ahmed was travelling and stopped by a town. After Salaah, he wanted to stay the night in the Masjid yard because he didn’t know anyone in town. Out of his humbleness, he didn’t introduce himself to anyone thinking that if he did, he would be welcomed by many people.
Having not recognized Ahmed bin Hambal, the caretaker of the Masjid refused to let him stay in the Masjid. As Imam Ahmed was quite old, the caretaker had to drag him out of the Masjid. On seeing this, a baker from a nearby place felt pity for this man (Imam Ahmed) and offered to host him for the night. During his stay with the baker, Imam Ahmed observed that the baker would constantly recite Istighfaar (seeking forgiveness from Allah). Imam Ahmed asked the baker if the constant act of saying Istighfaar had any effect on him. The baker responded by telling Imam Ahmed that Allah had accepted all of his Duas (supplications), except one. On asking which Dua was it that hadn’t been accepted, the baker replied that he had been asking Allah to provide him the privilege to meet the famous scholar Imam Ahmed bin Hambal.
On this, Imam Ahmed bin Hambal said that Allah not only had listened to his Dua but had dragged him onto his (the baker’s) doorsteps.
Moral: This story is a reminder of the power of saying Istighfaar (seeking forgiveness) frequently.
.Make dua – For only Allah can reconcile hearts and differences
.Forgive- He who forgives is forgiven and Allah will elevate his status!
.Act- SMS (text),call, email etc or even better personally approach the person/s and ask them forgiveness.
.Remove Hatred-Don’t hold any hatred in your heart-hatred is the cancer of the heart and soul- It Destroys the Hater and Not the hated!
.It’s a process-Remember, forgiveness is a process that takes time and patience to complete. You must be ready. Realize that forgiveness is for you – not for anyone else
.There is no such thing as an unforgivable act. So don’t let your fear of what you did, or rage about what was done to you, dissuade you from either seeking or granting forgiveness.
.Celebrate the moment of forgiveness by thanking Allah for giving you the opportunity to remove this burden off your shoulders. Give Sadaqa (charity) as it pleases Allah and removes Allah’s anger.
The Power Of Istighfaar.